Grappling Gravalin wasn’t destined to be a Gretzky

By Jeff Bro Olsen

In the early 1960s, the kid was a rink rat in Moorhead. Oh, he could make things happen out on the ice.

Tom Gravalin is 71, long retired from coaching, but he remembers how his young hockey career got zapped.

“I grew up in Moorhead. I’m a city kid and lived across the street from a hockey rink, and I played hockey up until the seventh grade.”

He was having a blast, a skinny kid with thick eyeglasses. Kids back then didn’t wear face masks.

If they had, his high school career would have been different.

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